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Q&A: Pete Benson (Hayden`s chief mechanic).

No, no. I think there will be talk. We're only in the third race, and it will be interesting to see what happens when we go to circuits where one brand has done testing and the other hasn't. Then we'll see if there are differences between them. It will continue to be an important aspect, and will remain so while there is more than one brand. But I don't think it's as important as some people wanted us to believe last year.

There are two riders in the Repsol Honda Team capable of winning races. Do you think that affects the riders' performance and their respective technical teams, or not? Does this competitiveness benefit both?

Pete Benson:
I think it's manageable. At the end of the day, the riders always want the victory for themselves, not for a team or anything else. They want to win the world championship on their own. Everyone here is out to get the same thing: winning races. It's probably more difficult if you don't get any wins or you're not up in the lead, because the other rider receives more attention. In the end, they are all struggling for the same thing: they all want to win.

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Jack Mordino

May 01, 2008 7:35 PM

Although he didn''t say anything we didn''t know already at least to a certain degree, he certainly put credit to some things we could only speculate upon. It''s nice to see such interviews from people from the inside. It offers good insight. We want more of this

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